Eliminating Violence against Women - Intersectoral Approaches and Actions

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe speaks on the occasion of the conference Eliminating Violence against Women - Intersectoral Approaches and Actions, 25 November 2013, Vienna, Austria

25 November marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Such violence is of one of the most striking manifestations of discrimination against women and of violations of human rights in Europe today.

According to WHO estimates, 1 in 4 women in the WHO European Region will experience gender-based violence at some point in her life. It is a health problem of epidemic proportions, and present in each and every country of the WHO European Region.

On 25–26 November, WHO/Europe – with the European Institute for Gender Equality and the City of Vienna – is bringing together more than 200 representatives from 53 countries to discuss intersectoral strategies to combat violence against women. Building on Health 2020 – the new European policy framework for health and well-being – preventing and responding to violence against women require the engagement of the whole of government and the whole of society.

Engage in the debate on Twitter (##stopVAWvienna) and watch the live webstream.